Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Thrifting, Recycling, Vintage

Three of my favorite words. Thrifting, recycling, vintage.

When you look at food photos, do you also study the dishes? Me too. 

I picked this bowl up at Goodwill for $1.99. 

This book was my paternal grandmother's. "The Complete Book of Sewing: Dressmaking and Sewing For the Home Made Easy," by Constance Talbot. Copyright 1943. (Related to THE Talbots? Does anyone know? I'll have to research that.)

Look at these pages! Beautiful illustrations. Believe it or not, there are some great ideas in here, some 67 years later.

There is an entire chapter devoted to "Restyling--Remodeling--Remaking." Nothing went to waste in those days. We're coming around full circle.

"Choosing Clothes According to Personality" -- Are you the Tailored Type, Feminine Type, or the Sophisticated Dramatic Type?

From a discussion about sewing machine care: "After using the machine for a long stretch, while sewing for your local Red Cross Unit perhaps, it will be necessary to clean your machine once a week to remove lint." 

I'll leave you with this. Every year my husband's mother makes me a German Chocolate Cake for my birthday. Yes, an entire cake just for me. There is one piece left which will serve as a tasty breakfast tomorrow morning. Mmmm!

Sweet dreams!

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Caths Pennies Designs said...

Oh, I'd love to take time on a lazy afternoon to read that book. I bet there's lots of good tips in there. The cake looks delicious. I've accidently discovered that if you put leftover German Chocolate cake in the freezer to save it ... it doesn't stay saved for long because unfortunately, like girl scout cookies, it tastes even better frozen!
Hope you had a Happy Birthday!

blueberrymoon said...

Thrifting...Aaahhh...Oh I love finding treasures.
Never have time to go anymore. Love the book. Happy Birthday!!!!! Cake making me drooool.

Dyl said...

haha... cake for breakfast. i still remember you saying "it's basically the same thing as donuts." :)

Terri Smith said...

My maternal grandmother always made the best German Chocolate cake. You just gave me the sweetest memory.

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Anonymous said...

What a great post, Sue. That book is precious. Thanks for showing us the illustrations in it. And that cake --- it looks heavenly!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Happy Birthday Sue. I love vintage books like this.

~~Carol~~ said...

I love those two old books, and you've reminded me that I have an old sewing book up in the attic that I want to find!
Happy VTT and Happy Birthday!

Coloradolady said...

Yes, I love the dishes.....and I always notice them. Happy Birthday to you, I am so impressed your MIL makes something special just for you, I have never had anyone do that for me...that is OK, but when I read about how wonderful some MIL's are....I file that info away, so I will be the BEST I can possibly be when and if I ever become one! I like this idea really well....thanks for the idea....have a great VTT!

Bea said...

I love all things related to sewing. Would love to thumb through your book. Those illustrations are great.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your kind words -- yeah, one of these days, I will post on free-motion the way I see it! :) For one thing, it is FUN.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow great post. Yes I look at the dishes. And I am looking at your copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It looks like an older copy. I love Jane Austens writings. Your Talbot book is great!


GardenofDaisies said...

What lovely old sewing books!! And your German Chocolate birthday cake looks delicious! Happy Birthday to you!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Sounds like you need some birthday greetings! Happy Birthday! Love your pictures.

CC said...

Happy Birthday Sue..and will you maybe share that last piece of cake???? It's my favorite..)sighs.
I love the sewing book..and specially love the illustrations.

Ulla said...

I love those old sewing books. Most of the information is always useful, and the pictures are a delight.
Happy birthday, enjoy your cake!

Heidi Ann said...

Loved that bit about the cake! German Chocolate is my husband's favorite- and the only time I make it is once a year for HIS birthday!

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